Dayton weather: How hot is this summer compared to past years?

Working with 250 degree asphalt on a 100 degree Wednesday June 15, 2022 makes for hot day for these workers for MIller Pipeline in Dayton. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

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Working with 250 degree asphalt on a 100 degree Wednesday June 15, 2022 makes for hot day for these workers for MIller Pipeline in Dayton. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

High humidity is making this summer feel hotter than ever, but temperatures are below the historical average.

There were seven days in June at or above 90 degrees, and another four days in July at that level. Last year, there were three 90-degree days each in June and July.

90 degrees or above over the last six years.

JuneJuly
202274
202133
2020516
2019311
201847
201710

“So yes, it’s warmer than last year, but it’s not even warmer than 2020,” said James Gibson, a meteorologist who works at the National Weather Service branch in Wilmington.

The summer of 2020 included five 90-degree days in June and 16 in July. The average temperature for July 2020 was 89.1 degrees, about four degrees higher than this July’s 85.3.

Here are the average high temperatures over the last six years.

JuneJuly
202284.685.3
202183.184
202084.189.1
201980.587.3
201882.583.8
201781.183.4

The summer’s peak heat rests at an average of 76 degrees, which lasts from June 29 and goes until Aug. 3 before cooling off. Gibson said that August has a 60 to 70 percent chance to be warmer than normal.

What sets this summer apart is rising humidity, which pushes the heat index higher than the recorded temperatures.

June was a drier month than normal, with 2.64 inches of rainfall compared to the month’s usual 4.14. July more than made up for it, with 6 inches of precipitation. Gibson said this year as a whole has been significantly wetter, with the area at 29.3 inches of rain so far this year, 3.13 inches more than the usual rainfall for this time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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